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The New York Times ran a story about a boy who was blind. Someone asked him what he would wish for if he were granted just one wish. He said he wouldn’t waste it on wishing he could see. Rather, he would wish that everyone in the world could understand each other. Even though the boy was blind, I think his spiritual vision was 20/20, don’t you?

Is it possible for a person to have good physical vision, and yet be blind to things which are most important? Like blind to the promises of God?

Look at the Bible story of Elisha. He was a prophet of God who lived in Israel. When Syrian armies invaded Israel, Elisha saved the life of Israel’s king more than once, by warning him of the Syrian army’s plans to ambush him. The Syrian king suspected he had an inside informer. He even called in his officers and asked which of them was the traitor for Israel. But his military men pointed out that Elisha, a prophet of God, was the one who was providing intelligence to Israel’s armies. One of his officers told the king, “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!” (2 Kings 6:12, NLT). When the Syrian king learned where Elisha was staying, he decided to take him out. He marched his army during the night, and surrounded the town.

Open His Eyes

The Bible says, “Early in the morning a servant of the Holy Man got up and went out. Surprise! Horses and chariots surrounding the city! The young man exclaimed, "Oh, master! What shall we do?" he asked” (2 Kings 6:15, The Message). Elisha told him not to be afraid. "There are more on our side than on theirs," Elisha told him. (verse 16, NLT). Elisha could see something his servant could not see.

Then Elisha prayed that God would open his servant’s eyes. “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” (verse 17, NLT).God did, and allowed the servant to see God’s otherwise invisible angel armies all around them.

The God of Elisha’s day is still the same in our day. Remember that. When there seems to be no way out, you need to depend completely on God. When you find yourself in danger, or in circumstances that seem impossible, God is never far away. If your eyes could be opened, you’d see God’s angel armies all around you. “God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray” (Psalm 34:7, The Message).

So, just put your trust in God. He can change the most hopeless, the most discouraging situation. Pray that God will open your eyes today!

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